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  • Summary: The first episode is entitled Penal Colony. Claire Redfield, one of the only survivors of the Raccoon City incident of 1998, has since joined an NGO called Terra Save, whose mission is to assist victims of biological weaponry. During an event at Terra Save’s HQ, a mysterious force abductsThe first episode is entitled Penal Colony. Claire Redfield, one of the only survivors of the Raccoon City incident of 1998, has since joined an NGO called Terra Save, whose mission is to assist victims of biological weaponry. During an event at Terra Save’s HQ, a mysterious force abducts Claire and her co-workers and moves them to a creepy deserted island. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Feb 24, 2015
    85
    A surprisingly good return to the world of Resident Evil, that could pave the way for something rather special.
  2. Mar 2, 2015
    80
    A great start to what will hopefully result in a solid and memorable entry in the Resident Evil franchise. If the following episodes are as good as this one, I firmly believe it will be.
  3. Mar 4, 2015
    76
    The first episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is a survival horror game of the new age. Maybe not exactly as the genre used to be, but with respect to its roots.
  4. Feb 25, 2015
    70
    Penal Colony confirms that the first Revelations was the right road to take. Good story, nice co-op system and the right pace make this first episode a demonstration that Capcom can overcome all its problems with the series, except the lack of real horror.
  5. Feb 27, 2015
    70
    Quite successful two-hour introduction to the pleasant, typically 'Resident' adventure. Plus: an interesting character switching option.
  6. Mar 2, 2015
    69
    A so-so start to this new series. The multiple character stuff is interesting, but weak shooting and bland environments let it down.
  7. If you are a Resident Evil fan, you should consider playing Revelations 2: Episode One. Raid mode and story mode look fine, but doesn’t support online co-op (at least, until the episode 4 release).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Mar 13, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Si bien la saga de Resident Evil cayo bastante en el ultimo tiempo se reafirmo después de la salida del Resident Evil HD Remaster y este juego no es la excepcion vuelve al survival horror , bueno gráficos , ambiente tétrico y lúgubre es un muy bueno juego de lo que va con el episodio 1 Expand
  2. Feb 25, 2015
    9
    Really enjoyed this first episode, much closer to what resident evil once was rather than the Michael Bay explosion garbage 6 is. I thoughtReally enjoyed this first episode, much closer to what resident evil once was rather than the Michael Bay explosion garbage 6 is. I thought the beginning environments, despite what has been said, were actually quite refreshingly simple yet sinister at the same time. That is probably the best part of this game, there has been far less of the convoluted nonsense of recent RE games - the story thus far has been executed really well. It is also worth noting the graphics are not nearly as bad on a PC as they looked in the demo versions, they are not next-gen but they are definitely acceptable. I don't necessarily agree with Barry's new voice actor but his character is really good nonetheless, it feels like Barry and plays like him with his classic Magnum.
    I hope they can continue to deliver the sorts of tension, suspense and horror in this first episode into the others (the 'next time' did not look very good imo).
    I have experienced these frame drops and how they are 'unplayable' and I call out BS there, it is not 'unplayable' people are whining like they always do when a new RE game comes out. The frame rate drops were barely noticeable on my middle of the line rig (Nvidia GTX 760 - I5 2.6k (Quad core) processor). This nonsense about the cursor is also overinflated, it only appears outside of combat and unless you are deliberately picking up on it, it fades into the background (yes it shouldn't be there but it is not that big a deal, honestly)
    If you preferred old school resident evil horror then this is the game you should look at and hopefully invest in. Capcom needs to know this is the direction people want, good story telling with honest horror/survival themes which do not outstay their welcome.
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  3. Feb 27, 2015
    8
    Genuinely enjoyable so far. An interesting hybrid of RE6 and older RE titles. Use of prerendered video for some sections is a littleGenuinely enjoyable so far. An interesting hybrid of RE6 and older RE titles. Use of prerendered video for some sections is a little disappointing considering how much of RE6 was rendered in realtime. UI on PC is excellent. Performance is uneven, but Capcom have a good history when it comes to fixing their PC games post-release - especially Resident Evil titles.

    I'm aware the missing co-op may upset some, but as a solo player it doesn't concern me. I genuinely hope Capcom can work something out for players who want it, though.
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  4. Feb 25, 2015
    8
    1-Frame rate stutters - really poor.Especially near the light sources.
    2-Mouse Cursor always visible.
    3-Pre-order artbook and soundtrack
    1-Frame rate stutters - really poor.Especially near the light sources.
    2-Mouse Cursor always visible.
    3-Pre-order artbook and soundtrack selection missing -nothing in game folder.
    Was verifying game cache -still nothing .Preorder box set for hawe nothing(I remember ABT Wesker :) ) -GoooD!!!
    4-Steam cards banned.
    Good start!
    What are You doing guys all that time?
    Bravo Capcom!Bravissimo!!!

    Spec: Core i7 Quad @ 2.6GHz
    8 GB DDR RAM
    Nvidia GTX 660 2GB Driver 347.52 WHQL
    Win8.1 64-bit
    No Anti-virus
    Xbox 360 wireless gamepad

    Frame stutter regardless of graphics settings in-game.UNPLAYABLE
    RE HD/4/5/6/Revelations 1- working fine on the MAX settings.
    Bad score at lisy until patch!
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  5. Mar 7, 2015
    6
    Not a bad game but with a load of problems.Terrible story , bad controls , short game but cheap at least.
    Unstable frame rate , bad
    Not a bad game but with a load of problems.Terrible story , bad controls , short game but cheap at least.
    Unstable frame rate , bad graphics.I enjoyed the game so far, just not a lot.
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  6. Feb 26, 2015
    5
    Resident Evil has been on somewhat of a comeback with the recent releases from Capcom in the past few months. Until this disaster of a PCResident Evil has been on somewhat of a comeback with the recent releases from Capcom in the past few months. Until this disaster of a PC port, regardless of the Co-op features missing from the game. The Frame Rate is the main issue with this title as more than half of people who have played the game have experienced a frames per sec drop from 60 to less than 15. The game shutters due to this and at times down right crashes your PC. Which is a shame since the game once it behaves itself in a great deal of fun for the price. With Capcom's track record of never patching games they port to PC properly, I fell this game should be avoided on PC. Expand
  7. Mar 2, 2015
    0
    I'm not even far in but the A.I partner you're stuck with is ruining the game for me entirely. I want to play on Survival mode and beI'm not even far in but the A.I partner you're stuck with is ruining the game for me entirely. I want to play on Survival mode and be accountable for myself, not incredibly slow A.I that's too slow/unresponsive to RUN when I do, and too stupid to know to dodge or at least move away from danger. This is the #1 thing that has destroyed this experience for me. Other than that, I could have looked past the bad dialogue and extremely close up field of view. Expand